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CMYK THE ABINGTON JOURNAL FUN ON THE RUN An edition of The Times Leader Clarks Summit, Pa. DALTON Growing and using herbs Serving the Greater Abington Community since 1947 Way to waddle Waverly Community house hosted its annual ’Waverly Waddle.’ See Page C3. MAY 18 TO MAY 24, 2011 50¢ On Layton: Recollections of Justus O n Saturday, May 14, the Waverly Community House hosted its annual “Waverly Waddle” 5K Walk/Run, chaired by Danielle Carpenter. A “Junior Waddle,” for children aged 8 and under, took place immediately following. Joe Cardillo earned first place in the age group 50-59, Hollie Green earned first place in the age bracket 19 to 29. For more photos, see Page C3. The Friends of the Dalton Library held an Herb and Perennial Festival. See Page A4. GLENBURN Shades of spring Bill and Lois White in the late 1940s...On Layton. Spirit of service Waverly Woman’s Club members and community works hosted 2011 spring luncheon. Page A4. FACTORYVILLE Student awarded for esaay BY JO ANN WALCZAK Abington Journal Correspondent Editor’s Note: On Layton is an occasional series of personal accounts from lifelong Justus resident Jo Ann Walczak. Kim Martin won an essay contest sponsored by Trail Rotary Club. See Page A5. CLARKS SUMMIT Presidential treatment ABINGTON JOURNAL/ALEX SEELEY ABOVE: E.T. Hunter, of Scranton, makes his way across the finish line. TOP: Waverly Community House prepares trophies for the event. ’The Kennedy Rocker’ a nostalgic offering at Woods & Company. See Page A11. INSIDE The Abington Journal Please enclose this label with any address changes, and mail to The Abington Journal, 211 S. State St,, Clarks Summit, PA, 18411 ArtsEtc..............................A11 Calendar...........................A2 Classified ...........................B1 Crosswords.......................A9 Obituaries ........................B10 School ........................A5, A6 Sports ...............................C1 Leader on ‘pride of NEPA’ First installment in an occasional series of interviews with area presidents. BY KELLY MCDONOUGH Abington Journal Correspondent Whether she is busy handling an account for Happenings Magazine in Clarks Summit or wrapping up a black tie affair for the Abington Business and Professionals Association (ABPA), Rosemary Nye is as charming as she is determined to see the Abington-area association thrive. Thus, her position as this year’s president of the organization. “It’s not my first time being president,” Nye said, stating that she held the office in 2005. “I never left this organization and stayed on the board for many years Rosemary Nye and also served as secreAbington tary.” Business and Nye mentioned that Professional she has “tons” of reaAssociation President sons why she stayed on the board. “I like being able to give back to this community. Being president allows me the opportu- nity to meet business owners and people in the community who support business owners. The Abington community is the pride of Northeast PA.” As for the reason why she opted to take on the challenge of a second presidency, Nye thinks for a moment. “That’s a hard question. The timing was right and there is a lot that needs to be done in the Abington area. It’s rich in a lot of cultural events for all ages, and our group promotes business and commerce. We’re a partnership in the community.” See Leader, Page 4 Fire auxiliary at the ready since 1951 of its founding members. Yablonski said, “It was a CLARKS SUMMIT - The social thing and was like Joseph W. Hall Memorial a family in the beginning.” Auxiliary to the Clarks ABINGTON JOURNAL/JOAN MEAD-MATSUI In a document containSummit Fire Company ing historical information Gayle Snell, left, president of the Joseph W. Hall Memorial Auxiliary to was formed Sept. 18, the Clarks Summit Fire Co. No. 1, Inc. and Peggy Yablonski, at the fire 1951, and Peggy Yablonski See Auxiliary, Page 10 station located at 321 Bedford St., Clarks Summit. of Clarks Summit was one BY JOAN MEAD-MATSUI Abington Journal Correspondent May 19, 1966 - The Abington Journal reported that “Christian Mothers Altar & Rosary Society, Our Lady of the Snows Church, Clarks Summit, installed new officers for the coming year at the annual Communion breakfast held at the Country Inn.” May 19, 1996 - Marzani 1-Hour Cleaners in Clarks Summit ran an ad that stated: “Only the Moths are ‘Bugged,’ Everyone else thinks our Free Mothproofing Service is great!” May 22, 1969 - The Abington Journal reported that “Kim Baxter has been called one of the top runners to come out of Abington Heights. Baxter has demonstrated great versatility, competing in many different track and cross country events.” May 20, 1992 - The Abington Journal reported, “The Dalton Community Library presented the Abington Community Library with a rolling stepstool and a lectern for the new library building.” Constancy, continuity, stability: the legacy of lives lived for generations on Layton Road in Justus. With the world rushing headlong into change and tumult, the momentum has stalled in this place where families have raised children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and have shunned the lure of movement and resettlement in other parts of the country. The institutions of stability in Justus have always been the school, the church and the fire company, and it is those three basics of Justus life that cemented Lois White and her husband Bill, or William A. Jr., and their son Bill, or William H., to the community. The Whites have the honor of having served the schools of their district for three generations and the volunteer fire companies for four generations. Lois White’s roots were planted firmly in Justus soil in the later half of the 19th century. Her father, Harvey (Jack) Shennen, was born and grew up in the family farmhouse on Rovinsky Road, which intersects with Upper Layton near the current site of Novitsky’s Garage in Justus. Shennen and his two brothers, Walter and William, were entrepreneurs of the most “cutting edge” variety. Enthralled with the mechanical wonders of the day, Shennen left Justus to establish a Dodge/Plymouth automobile dealership in Peckville in the early 1900s. With the advent and excitement of aviation sweeping America, Shennen’s brothers turned their farm into an airport, the first and only one in Justus, called the Mid-Valley Airport. Local legend has it that when a plane crashed on See Layton, Page 7

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